So if you’ve been following our progress you’ll know that 2021 is set up to be a made or break year, but that doesn’t mean we’re sitting back waiting to see what happens.  Absolutely not, we have developed a fantastic strategy plan, which with some support will get us through the coming months.

The problem we face is that when tiered systems return and social distancing is in place, we are faced with higher costs and less income as we can only cater for less than half of our members.  To be able to keep social distancing in place in a COVID-19 secure manner we have to keep 15 minutes aside either side of classes which means that we have longer hire costs.  We are not able to offer pad work so our equipment sales have dramatically dropped and there is no grading allowed, not to mention that when our team start taking on more hours the Furlough support is reduced, and by the end of March it could be gone altogether!

The way forward

The way forward for us to survive during social distanced tiered systems is to be able to increase our number of classes to be able to let more numbers in.  This does come at a cost not just from the overall logistical costs, but also through the management and facilitating of the classes, quite often people don’t really how many office hours go in to the set up and running of classes.

So in response to the need to be able to able to offer more classes, and focus on other areas online to bring in more revenue we will in fact be increasing the size of our team with the support of the government Kickstart Scheme, to bring in 6 new positions to allow us to focus on our online work and presence, manage more locations, and potentially look at premises that will mean that we don’t need to worry about the cost of running more classes because we will have a flat rate fee to pay regardless of class numbers or sizes.  For many it may sound ironic that we are trying to grow the team during a crisis, but it is in fact the only way to survive, as by cutting the team size would result in the need to close classes, a move that would mean we’d lose our members.   And now is not a time to be removing sporting activity from peoples lives.

Your support matters

If you have not already see our Go Fund Me campaign, then now is your chance to support, and if you’re not able to help financially it doesn’t cost a penny just to share and raise awareness.

https://gofund.me/0be8a70a

We promise to give back more than we’ve ever received in help, and are feeling extremely optimistic about the future.  We are fighters and will fight until the end to keep serving our community.

 

There is a chance for you to help by visiting our GoFundMe Campaign and sharing it with friends and family

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Link to share: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/safari-mma-faces-collapse-sports-club/

It is no understatement to say that Safari MMA has literally saved lives, and this very platform which has taken 10 years of dedicated work to engage communities across the UK who ordinarily wouldn’t participate in sport, is on the brink of collapse.  Before the first lockdown Safari MMA was spread across 11 locations in major cities in the UK.

Safari MMA is in critical need of financial support, with no idea of when lockdowns will lift, and when classes will be able to return without social distancing in place.  The forecast for the next financial year, without support or a full lift of social distancing, is set for the company to collapse with a forecasted loss of £49,292 for 2021-2022, a debt that would cost not only jobs, but hundreds of members to lose the one thing that has kept them going for so many years.

Why Safari MMA needs your support?

The team’s main goal is to engage the disengaged groups in the community in sport, primarily, but not exclusively through Martial Arts, with specialist focus on trying to engage women and youth who ordinarily wouldn’t consider getting involved in sport, or more importantly have cultural barriers where sport is seen inappropriate for women to be involved in.  Khadijah Safari has spent the past 10 years breaking down barriers by working within these communities herself, as a woman of religious belief she’s been able to successfully educate and lead a change in community’s understanding of sport and has brought about a shift in the way the sport is viewed by the BAME community and also women of religious belief.  The work has since far extended part this to bring focus on out-reach work, helping with mental health prevention, socio-economic groups, victims of domestic violence, concern for youth, crime prevention and self belief in children.  Safari MMA has been running online live sessions during this period at a cost, just to keep people active, however the period of needing to open when lockdowns lift will come at a further cost, as social distancing will mean that running costs are higher, with less members being able to attend class, meaning that classes run at an expense.  If we can get support during this transition period then we can come out healthy on the other side.

Who you’d be helping?   

For the majority of members at Safari MMA, there is no alternative.  This is their only means to access sport in an environment that considers their needs, where they feel mentally safe and can unite and feel equal in society.  To keep Safari MMA running would mean keeping the one place open, for many that gets them through their week, and more often than not is their therapy.  You’d not only keep the company running but you’d also be assisting those members and potential members who due to current circumstances are not able to afford to train, from children through to adults, many of whom are extremely vulnerable.

Your contribution matters

As we see sports clubs crumbling by the day as a result of this pandemic, we will fight and do all that we can to keep Safari MMA open, and your contribution could bring reward for you for many years to come, as you’ll never know how much you really could have changed someone’s life for the better.

And if you can’t afford to contribute?  Please just share with friends and family, your time is appreciated.

We are proud to announce that we are joining the Moving Minds campaign in Milton Keynes to try and keep people physically and mentally active and are giving away:

*16 FREE places for women in the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire
Live Online Women’s Beginners Kickboxing sessions – 6 week course
*Must be based in Milton Keynes or Buckinghamshire and places will go to first 16 women to book.

2020 has been a tough year for many and finding a way to come out strong and positive during this testing time is hard for many to do alone, so we want to be here to give you some tools to help you, and yes, we’re doing it for free.

These places will go fast, so if you answer yes to at least 2 of the following questions then you are eligible for a FREE place;

  • Did you find 2020 hard, and are keen to make 2021 a positive year?
  • Did your health, physical or mental get effected in the past year?
  • Are you someone who worries about joining a new group, and would benefit from the support of like minded women?
  • Are  you keen to take care of your health but worried about taking the first steps?

If you answer yes to at least 2 of these questions then this is the perfect course for you, as you will be in a regular group of like minded women, all taking that first step to try something new to improve their over all health and well-being.  As this course is live and online, with a fantastic instructor, you can even have your camera switched off until you feel comfortable enough for others to see you.

And what more?  If you find that you really enjoy the course then the option to continue and train in person with your same group is there for you, and if you’re not ready for that step, sessions will continue online!

There are only 16 spaces available and these will go to those first to sign up

Course Booking Information

Course Starts: Sunday 31st January
Time: 11am
Duration: 6 weeks beginners course
Classes: Weekly for 40 minutes
Location: Live online training

To book you can either contact us for more information or you can book directly through the link here.

Safari MMA
07880 550011 Call/Text/WhatsApp
info@safarikickboxing.co.uk

As we are in throws of another 4 weeks of a National lockdown, it’s seems ever more appropriate to write a Safari MMA blogpost!

If we learnt anything from the UK’s first lockdown, it is that we have all had to learn a new way of life, nothing was as we knew it. At first this was incredibly hard for so many of us, as we were trying to juggle so much change with regards to work, home-schooling, leisure activities and seeing family and friends.  We made it our mission at Safari MMA to create a new way to provide our classes and we spent many late nights making it possible! We enjoyed every small victory win of making this happen, however it wasn’t without its testing times, these were invaluable to us as instructors, staff and a business as a whole as we grew stronger as a team.

We stand by our ethos to unite people from around the world through Martial Arts, regardless of background and culture. We know how important exercise is when it comes to physical and mental health, now living in uncertainty this can have an unwanted affect on all of us in one way or another. This is why we have worked so hard to make sure we can still give you access to all of our Safari MMA classes from your very own home gym via zoom! The UK’S lockdown gave us the opportunity to grow our timetable of classes to! Our weekly schedule now includes Fitnastics, Yoga, Pilates and Kickboxing on top of our Muay Thai classes. I have also used this lockdown to concentrate on my newly launched YouTube channel Khadijah Safari with plenty of Self defence and everyday life tutorials so make sure you check it out, You never know you might learn something new!

One thing we know is that we are all in this together and although there is currently no clear end in sight of these unprecedented and difficult times, we can remain positive that we are all stronger, more aware and resilient than ever before. Lets set ourselves some goals over the next few weeks and come out of this second lockdown with a sense of achievement! What’s you goal going to be?

We’ve got you! Lets do this! 👊

Khadijah Safari

Today Khadijah Safari was humbly awarded the COVID Innovation award by Leap, and we want to share this with you, no only because she deserves it, but more importantly because there’s really quite a deep story behind it, and she’s made you a video to join you on her journey or why this award meant so much. Lockdown due to the Corona Virus has meant different things to different people, and we have seen that fast decline of many members during this period.

Find out the truth behind this award here.

Have you heard about easyfundraising?
Here at Safari MMA we know that for some, times are tough financially right now, however we don’t want this to stop anyone from being able to train, which is why we have set up Safari Sport Support. We care about the lives we are changing and we would like to invite you to help us make a difference too. Before you know it, you will be changing lives by just doing your everyday shopping at some for your favourite retailers! It costs you nothing, but the impact this could have on someone will be life changing.

Its free and simple to join easyfundraising!

Click here and it will take you straight to Safari Sport Support homepage.
Every time you shop online, go to the easyfundraising app or website first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to us for no extra cost whatsoever!

 

These are the easiest ways for you to raise a donation.

Shopping on your mobile? No problem, for mobile phones and tablets there is the handy easyfundraising App, perfect if you like to shop on the go and available completely free of charge from your App store. Now you can not only shop using it but you can check out your own donation total and see how your cause is getting on too. More information can be found here.
Shopping from your computer? Install the Donation Reminder – this means a box will appear if you are shopping with a retailer who participates with easy fundraising and you don’t even need to visit the easyfundraising site! All you need to do is click Activate Donations and any eligible purchase will be recorded for you. Take a look at the Donation Reminder here. It’s supported by Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari but can’t work on mobile phones or tablets.
Visit easyfundraising.org.uk – simply search for the retailer you want to shop with and click  onto them using the green ‘Go Shopping’ button. You’ll be taken straight to the retailers website and your experience will be identical as if you had gone there directly but easyfundraising will be able to track your purchase to ensure a donation for your good cause. More information can be found here.

A note about Amazon and eBay
If you’re shopping with Amazon and eBay always make sure your basket is empty before you start shopping and remember to go through the easyfundraising website or app to get to their websites. If you have the Donation Reminder it will be able to tell you when a donation is available at these two great sites.
How to collect donations at Amazon and eBay:
1. Start at easyfundraising Before you add anything to your basket, go to the easyfundraising webite or app and search for Amazon or eBay.
2. Go shopping easyfundraising will take you to their website – everything is exactly the same, even the price!

Safari Sport Support has the powerful ability to help people transform their lives and it takes a moment for us to help do this. From all at Safari MMA thank you, we couldn’t do it without you!

 

Good news! We have been really busy behind the scenes liaising with all the relevant authorities regarding the reopening all of our locations. We have been informed that as of the 25th of July Gym’s are reopening and it won’t be long until we are finally able to open our doors and welcome you through them too, and in the mean time make sure that you book on to one of our small group park sessions, which are doted across London and Milton Keynes.

We really want to thank you for all your support, patience and understanding over the last few months.

We want you to know that the safety of our students is our biggest priority and so we are putting into place a number of measures to make sure our locations are all providing a safe environment to train in. We will have more information over the due course, we will keep you all updates on Social Media, WhatsApp, our website and emails so keep checking in!

For more information here is the official governments updates.

 

Here at Safari MMA, we want to use our platform to empower and strengthen others, by providing a space filled with tools for women to build for ourselves. To equip you with knowledge, of self, so that you can better combat problems that arise. We aim to create a space for men and women to learn more, in every area of life, to become skilled in physical activity, mental agility, emotional intelligence, but also in practical tools to better help you on your journey with your career path of choice, and so much more. We are not just an MMA club, we wish for the best versions of our students to surface, as a result of our work.

With this in mind, we are providing Gymnastic *social distancing*  class for Women and girls on Sunday 12th July. This will be held in Milton Keynes. The teen girls session will be held at 10 AM, and the Women’s session at 11AM. The classes will be held by Kati Simpson, former elite Gymnast of 18 years, British Championship competitor, Commonwealth, Scottish Team Squad member and currently coaching Elite Gymnasts at an international level.  Look out for more amazing classes like this one, designed to boost confidence, increase your serotonin level, and motivate us through this gloomy monotonous no-gym time.

With the feeling of uncertainty in the air,  the summer months pass by in full swing,  and the lockdown laws have easened a little, we are still looking to other remedies to stay safe, protected, and healthy during this time as the scent of a pandemic is still in the air.

One of our favourite medicines is Black Seed Oil, a largely talked about but slept on remedy when taking on a number of health issues. There are a number of different types, here are a few to learn about:

Ajenuz, Aranuel, Baraka, Black Cumin, Black Caraway, Charnuska, Cheveux de Vénus, Cumin Noir, Fennel Flower, Fitch, Graine de Nigelle, Graine Noire, Kalajaji, Kalajira, Kalonji, La Grainer Noire, Love in a Mist, Mugrela, Nielle, Nigella sativa, Nigelle de Crête, Nigelle Cultivée, Nutmeg Flower, Poivrette, Roman-Coriander, Schwarzkummel, Small Fennel, Toute Épice, Upakuncika.

Black seed is actually planted and was discovered over 2000 years ago in the tomb of King Tut. There is scientific evidence to suggest, Black Seed can be used to reduce high blood pressure, boost the immune system, fight cancer, and lessen allergic reactions. It has been historically used for nasal congestion, toothache, headache, intestinal issues, parasites, and infection. Today it is used to combat a number of health issues such as treating digestive tract conditions, as well as respiratory conditions. Asthma, cough, bronchitis, flu, swine flu, treating cancer and combatting the immune system.

Black seed is  also used in combination with cysteine, vitamin E, Saffron, to ease the side effects of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin this highlights the power it carries in calming quite strong side effects of man made drugs. Others apply it directly to the skin for joint pain, headache, and skin conditions. The best part, they are fully available in local grocery stores too.

Look out for more on Black seed, when we drop cool recipes to make, from masks to meals!